South African all-rounder JP Duminy has pulled out his name from the upcoming season of Indian Premier League, in which he plays for Delhi Daredevils. He has described this decision as an outcome of personal reasons. Duminy captained DD in 2015 but didn't pull-off any miracle with his captaincy.
The all-rounder expressed his displeasure while announcing this decision. “It has been a very difficult decision for me to make, but it was for purely personal reasons,” he said.
The 32-year-old further added “I'm grateful for the support and understanding from the franchise. It has been an absolute privilege to have played for and led a talented mix of players. I certainly hope to play a part for the franchise in the near future.”
Delhi Daredevils showed good character in the previous season as they finished sixth under the mentorship of Rahul Dravid. The team will announce a replacement soon revealed by CEO Hemant Dua, who said “We respect JP's decision. We are naturally very disappointed to not have JP in our midst this year, but as a franchise, we clearly understand his position. At this stage, we can only confirm that we will look for a replacement at an appropriate time.”
DD will kick off their campaign against last year's runner-up Royal Challengers Bangalore in an away fixture on 8 April.